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Barbara N. Klaus

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Barbara N. Klaus entered into the presence of her beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, in the home of her daughter Susan and son-in-law Jim who were with her when she died. She was the wife of Robert R. Klaus whom she married June 30, 1961 in Rabat, Morocco. Born in Philadelphia, on February 27, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Albert C. Norton and Elisabeth Sikes Norton. Barbara graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1949, Wheaton College in 1952 with a BS in Zoology, and Yale School of Nursing in 1957 with a masters degree in nursing. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Presbyterian Hospital of Nursing. From 1959 to 1971 she served as a missionary in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Upon moving to York, she taught at the York Hospital School of Nursing, then served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and ended her nursing career on the IV Team. Barbara developed the Vials of Life program in which 10,000 Vials of Life were distributed into people's homes. She served in several local and national nursing associations including as President of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association and retired in 1993. Barbara actively enjoyed many things: Girl Scouts, competitive swimming, cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, attending Peniel Bible Conference where she received God's call to missionary service, teaching Ladies Sunday School classes and attending Bible Study groups, directing Vacation Bible School, coordinating a church nursery, serving as an Election Judge in East Tawakoni, and hosting neighborhood picnics in East Tawakoni where she and Bob have lived for the last 18 years. Barbara is survived by her husband Robert, four children, Keith, Jonathan (Chris), Susan (Jim), Karen, and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur; and leaves behind her brother, Charles Norton (Gloria), sisters, Betty Beckon and Marion Leonard (Lloyd), several nieces and nephews, and four-legged friends, Molly and L.B. Barbara never met a stranger and was one who served sacrificially thinking only of others and how she could lighten their load. She was motivated by her love for Jesus whom she came to know as her personal Savior at the ago of 8 at a Chester Heights Camp Meeting. One life verse that motivated her was "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousnes, and all these things will be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33). She desired to know God and to please Him in every aspect of her life and to pass that on to her children and grandchildren. Nothing mattered more to her than knowing Christ, obeying and serving Him. Barbara experienced many trials in her life with utter trust in her Savior and she passed her "final exam" when she learned of her ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease diagnosis September 12, 2011, and accepted this as allowed from a God who is good all of the time. We thank Dr. Daragh Heitzman of Texas Neurology who helped her and us to navigate this unfamiliar territory. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Terrell Bible Church, 801 Johnson St., Terrell, TX with Pastor Drake Torp-Pedersen officiating. Barbara's body was donated for research, affirming her love of medical science and love of people even after her death. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Scripture Memory Fellowship, P.O. Box 566, Hannibal, MO 63401, Terrell Bible Church or Pioneers, 10123 William Carey Dr., Orlando, FL 32832.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Sept. 25, 2012